The crew of a seized cargo ship who have been stranded on board the vessel for more than six months would be allowed to leave Taiwan this week, the Maritime and Port Bureau said on Sunday.
The announcement came after the bureau on Sept. 8 applied with a local court to appoint a ship manager for the vessel.
The court on Tuesday last week ruled that the ship’s Taiwanese contractor should appoint a manager within 10 days, after which the crew would be allowed to leave the country.
Photo courtesy of the Maritime and Port Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications
The Belize-registered Uniprofit ran aground near Taitung County’s Fugang Fishing Port (富岡漁港) on March 8 and was towed to Kaohsiung Harbor, where it has remained due to a debt the ship owner owes to a Taiwanese towing company.
The Kaohsiung District Court has approved an application by the contractor to provisionally seize the ship after its owner failed to pay the NT$20 million (US$637,959) refloating cost.
The ship’s 16 crew members were not allowed to leave the vessel and their daily necessities had to be provided by ship chandlers.
The ship has also been banned from leaving Taiwan before a settlement is reached between the vessel’s owner and the towing company.
Crew members have since June hung white banners from the vessel demanding the payment of unpaid wages and that they be allowed to return home.
On Saturday, the ship’s Chinese captain, surnamed Yang (楊), disembarked with his luggage, reportedly after a quarrel with other crew members, but was detained by police.
The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office ordered him to return to the vessel.
Four crew members are legally required to stay on board a ship subject to provisional seizure, with the remaining crew allowed to leave Taiwan within 24 hours.
However, the ship’s 11 Chinese and five Indonesian crew members have been unable to decide who should remain on board.
Individual tourists who arrive in Taiwan from tomorrow are eligible to receive limited-edition lucky bags to mark the Lantern Festival, Tourism Administration officials said yesterday. The Lantern Festival-themed lucky bags each contain a Year of the Dragon red envelope, a mini lantern, a NT$300 coupon for an amusement park ticket and a NT$500 Taiwan PASS coupon, the officials said. To get a lucky bag, visitors must present a passport or residence certificate and proof of their date of entry at a tourism center at either terminal at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) or Kaohsiung International Airport, they said. The
TAKE PRECAUTIONS: Never hike alone and prepare food, water and appropriate equipment for Taiwan’s mountains, particularly in the winter, officials said Two mountain hikers were rescued yesterday, a day after a body was airlifted out of Yushan National Park, one of several deaths related to mountaineering or hiking in the past two weeks, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. A Nantou County mountain rescue team called for a helicopter while responding to a call yesterday morning. They said a woman surnamed Chen (陳), 31, and a man surnamed Lin (林), 32, got lost in the mountains around the Batongguan Historic Trail (八通關古道), while traveling west toward Dongpu Township (東埔). They were directed to a nearby alpine meadow, where the helicopter landed with four
‘CORRECT CALL’: The navy said the captain was right to send crew out to fix an issue with a buoy, and that the buckles connecting two of them to the safety line came loose Equipment and environmental reasons, not human error, were to blame for the loss of three submariners on Dec. 21 last year, the navy said yesterday. The navy would not punish any of the Hai Hu’s (海虎) crew after an investigation determined that the captain was correct in sending crew to retrieve a safety buoy, it said in a news release. Three crew members — a master chief petty officer surnamed Lin (林) and two petty officers surnamed Yen (顏) and Chang (張) — are still unaccounted for after being swept from the submarine’s deck by a wave while trying to retrieve the
A student at a Taichung high school who committed suicide in February last year was bullied by school officials, the school said on Saturday, reversing its previous findings after the student’s father asked that the case be reinvestigated. In a statement, Feng Yuan Senior High School said its latest investigation found that four staff members — the director of student affairs, the chief military instructor and two safety instructors — bullied the student, who killed himself on Feb. 18 last year. That contradicted its previous conclusions that the staff’s actions had not amounted to bullying. The student’s father said his son was subjected